Plenty was at stake in the final round of the regular Gfinity Elite Series regular season, and the Rocket League on offer did not disappoint.
With the Sydney Roar, Sydney Chiefs and the Brisbane Deceptors securing Top 4 spots after last week’s games, Melbourne ORDER and Perth Ground Zero were battling for that final spot in the playoffs and a shot at glory.
Sydney Roar and Brisbane Deceptors were only separated by one point heading into the final week, making the games between the two crucial for final seeding into playoffs. The winner was almost guaranteed first place, giving them a favourable match-up against the fourth seed for playoffs.
While they came in as the underdogs, the Deceptors set the Roar alight right off the bat in Game 1, with Jake opening up the scoring 55 seconds into the game, capitalising off Roar’s aggressive play. They continued to up the pressure in the back and forth affair, with the motto of “fighting fire with more fire” working out for the Deceptors as they took Game 1 3-2.
Game 2 was much the same, with Jake tagging in SSteve’s early crossbar miss at 29 seconds in. Another quick fire back from the Roar equalised the scores, while they extended their lead to 2-1 halfway through.
Not to be discouraged, the Deceptors kept the pressure up, breaking through after time had finished to force overtime, before cracking Roar’s armour again 3-2 with a great airshot from SSteve.
On match point, Roar finally opened the scoring on their account 18 seconds into the game, but once again Deceptors punched back quickly and the teams saw another 2-2 overtime. Brisbane kept the pressure high all series, culminating in a missed Roar clearance setting up the overtime winner for Brisbane as they swept the Roar with three 3-2’s.
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The winless Melbourne Avant were looking to regain some pride, but were met with a shellacking at the hands of Ground Zero 6-1 in Game 1. Lim scored a hattrick as the Avant defense looked hapless at stopping the barrage of Ground Zero shots on their net.
Bango, however, had other ideas, looking to claw Avant back into the game and hopefully net their first points on the board for the season. With a neat popup to start up Game 2, as well as setting up Vive with a great pass, his efforts were in vain as Ground Zero again took the win 3-2, setting up match point for the Perth team.
Game 3 was much of the same story, with Bango scoring goals from impossible angles, but it wasn’t enough to net Avant a victory as they fell 3-0 to Ground Zero who were looking at claiming the final spot in playoffs off the back of an ORDER loss against Sydney Chiefs.
With the main roster of the Chiefs in Atlanta for the ELEAGUE Cup, the Chiefs had to field their draft roster of Kia, Requiem and Chance against the defending champions. ORDER came out firing in Game 1, capitalising on the chaotic style of defence put up by the Chiefs in a 4-1 victory.
Game 2 was much closer, with Kia managing to keep Chiefs in it with a late goal, but the meticulous passing play of ORDER completely over ran the aggresive playstyle of the Chiefs in another 2-1 victory.
With the extra point secured and playoffs locked in, ORDER looked to put the match to bed with a clean sheet, and they did exactly that with a 2-0 victory in Game 3. Dumbo found himself in front of an open net early, while ORDER took the ball back to the middle and then picked apart Chiefs again for two early, unassailable goals.
With the results this week, Brisbane Deceptors find themselves on top and booking a date with the Sydney Chiefs hot off their ELEAGUE run in Atlanta, while their cross-town Rivals will be taking on defending champions Melbourne ORDER in the other semi-final.
The Gfinity Elite Series returns with Street Fighter V and Rocket League this Sunday. Tune in on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to watch every game live. Head to gfinityesports.com.au for details on schedule and tickets.